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- The revocation of civil rights by a government, especially as a consequence of a felony conviction or treasonous act.
- The loss of civil rights as a consequence of banishment, abjuring the realm, or entry into a religious order.
civil death - Legal Definition
- Historically, the loss of all civil rights by a person who had been sentenced to death or declared an outlaw for committing a felony or treason. This included the loss of right to contract, the right to sue, and the right to protection under the law. See also attainder and bill of attainder.
- Today, the loss of certain civil rights, such as the right to vote by a person convicted of or sentenced to imprisonment for a felony. The rights lost, and for what crimes or sentences, varies state to state.